May 1, 2020
It is with great sadness that Pullman & Comley announces that Christopher P. McCormack passed away yesterday afternoon, Thursday, April 30, 2020.
Chris was a brilliant lawyer, serving his clients as counselor and advocate in environmental law, environmental litigation, and complex commercial litigation. He served as past chair of the Environmental Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and currently as the Section's Legislative Liaison, providing legislative updates that became “must-reads” for the Environmental Section of the CBA. His virtuosity in writing was recognized in 2013 when he received the “Distinguished Legal Writing Award" granted on behalf of The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement in association with the Library of Congress.
Chris was an active member of the community, in roles that reflected his many interests, and love of music; in addition to his law degree, he held an M.A. from the Eastman School of Music. He served as Vice President of the Board of Governors of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, where he played viola and was a member of the choir at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fairfield. He was president of the Housatonic Community College Foundation from 2013 to 2018 and was a member of the Trumbull Conservation Commission since 2017. He was an accomplished sailor and photographer.
Chris was an Ivy League-educated individual who never let you know where he went to school, a classically-trained violist who never lorded his skill over others, and a generous soul who donated his time to numerous causes in the community and never looked for thanks. He was meticulous, thoughtful, and strategic in his thinking, but never pedantic in his manner. His sardonic wit was laser-focused, and he focused it on himself more often than he did on those who truly deserved it.
Chris was a friend. His door was always open, the reassuring twinkle in his eye always present. He made time for everybody because everybody was important to Chris. He was adored by all.
Chris’s family - his wife, Sarah, and their three adult sons - plan to have a service in his honor later this summer that promises to be filled with the music that Chris loved so much.
Our profession lost one of its leading lights yesterday, and we at Pullman lost a treasured friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McCormack family.